Monday, April 7, 2014


The Chairperson                                       
National Human Rights Commission,
New Delhi.                                                         

Dear Sir,

I want to bring your kind attention towards the news link: of "Mail Today'' News agency on 03 April 2014, New Delhi edition regarding "Over a third of Delhi children malnourished, reveals survey'' (news clipping file annexed).
Neetu Chandra   |   Mail Today  |   New Delhi, April 3, 2014 | UPDATED 09:34 IST

Delhi's appalling state of malnutrition is a matter of concern. At least 36 per cent of infants were found to be malnourished, a survey said.
A study conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY) and Alliance for People's rights (APR) have painted a gloomy picture of nutritional status of children in the national capital.
The report found that at least 36 per cent of children were malnourished and the overall malnutrition among girl kids (38 per cent) was higher than the boys (34 per cent). Out of total malnourished children, 33 per cent children are in Severely Acute Malnutrition (SAM) category and 67 per cent were found to be moderately malnourished (MAM). Most of the undernourished kids were not exclusively breast fed, less breastfed or were initiated supplementary nutrition at a much later period.
The report aimed at exploring the extent of malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies among the age-group of 0-5 years of children in urban Delhi and analyse the causative factors of its existence. Based on CRY partner's primary data generated in December 2013, 3650 children (1863 boys, 1787 girls) were covered under growth monitoring process in urban slum areas of Delhi.
"The fast pace of urbanisation poses a significant challenge to children living in urban slums. Especially newborns and infants whose health entirely depends on the availability of the mother to breastfeed, the ability of the care taker and household to provide nutritious meals, the quality of the public healthcare system and overall community support," Jaya Singh, associate GM, CRY, said.
"The analysis of our report suggests that there is an urgent need to strengthen government mechanisms and to ensure access to these services to curb the ever growing menace of malnutrition," she said. Overall malnutrition was higher in North-West district - 51 per cent. At least 56 per cent girl children out of total (0-5 year) children were found to be malnourished. There is highest percentage of SAM children in South-West district. 16 per cent out of total 0-5 year children were found to be SAM. 
Therefore it is kind request please take appropriate action at earliest.

Thanking You,

Sincerely Yours,

Mrs. Shruti Nagvanshi
Managing Trustee
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights/Jan Mitra Nyas
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